Review of The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis

The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis (subtitled ‘A biography of an ingenious species’) is a popular science book authored by Ruth DeFries (Columbia University), which takes a “long lens” view of humanity’s journey from the perspective of food production and consumption. The inside book cover notes that “for much of … [Read more…]

The future of this blog and issues deserving greater attention in 2015

Over the past few days I’ve been pondering the future of this blog, including whether to continue writing next year. Ultimately, I think a blog can be a useful “clearing house” for half-formed, half-baked and generally in-progress ideas and a useful part of one’s ongoing thinking and reflection processes and for this reason I will … [Read more…]